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Our best roast lamb recipes

by Lottie Huckle

published on 19 March 2024

There’s no roast quite so versatile as a good cut of lamb, slow-cooked until melting off the bone and packed with rich flavour. Whether you’re looking to jazz up your Sunday lunch or get inspired ahead of an Easter feast, you’ll find something in our collection of roast lamb recipes, ranging from a Greek-inspired lamb kleftiko to a Sikandari leg of lamb.

Crushed Orange and Rosemary-Braised Lamb with Crunchy Pistachio Yoghurt

by Andy Baraghani

Andy Baraghani’s recipe for slow-roasted lamb shoulder is a masterclass in balancing flavours. The rich sweetness of the lamb is tempered with the acidity of citrus and yoghurt and the fragrance of garlic and rosemary.

Jamie Oliver Slow Roasted Lamb | Dinner Party Main

Jamie Oliver’s Slow-roasted Lamb with Fennel, Sage, Onion and Merguez Stuffing

Jamie dials up the flavour in this recipe for slow-roasted lamb by stuffing it with spicy merguez sausages, garlic and herbs.

Sikandari Raan

Asma Khan’s Sikandari Raan: Spiced Leg of Lamb

by Asma Khan
from Ammu

For a flavour bomb of a centrepiece to your roast, opt for Asma Khan’s Sikandari leg of lamb, slow roasted and finished with a spice-packed masala.

Mary Berry’s Cushion Lamb Stuffed with Mushroom and Mint

This particular method of rolling and stuffing lamb is know as a cushion. In this recipe, Mary chooses a tender filling of mushroom and mint and serves the succulent meat with a red wine gravy.

The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen’s Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fig and Pistachio Salsa

by The Ottolenghi Test Kitchen Team, Yotam Ottolenghi, Noor Murad

Gorgeously spiced, sweet, and savoury, this slow-roasted lamb from the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen is a centrepiece that’s sure to impress. Better still, any leftover salsa can be used to make some seriously delicious cheese toasties.

Pulled Lamb Shawarma Sandwich

Pulled Lamb Shawarma Sandwich

by Sami Tamimi, Tara Wigley

Ideal for feeding a crowd, this spice-rubbed, slow-roasted lamb pulls apart with ease, making it perfect for packing into pillowy pita along with all the trimmings

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Sami Tamimi, Tara Wigley

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fresh Dates

Slow-cooked Lamb Shoulder with Fresh Dates

by Georgina Hayden
from Taverna

Rich with the aromatic flavours of bay and cinnamon, this slow-cooked lamb shoulder is complemented by sweet dates for a Cypriot-inspired feast.

Slow-cooked Leg of Lamb with Harissa, Roasted Aubergines & Tomatoes

Slow-cooked Leg of Lamb with Harissa, Roasted Aubergines and Tomatoes

This super easy recipe from The Roasting Tin requires minimum effort and proves that lamb is the perfect partner for bold flavours. The harissa marinade adds a subtle warmth to the dish, beautifully offset by the sweet roasted tomatoes.

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Couscous and Date Stuffing (Dala M’Aamra Bi Kesksou Wa Tmar)

Roast Shoulder of Lamb with Couscous and Date Stuffing (Dala M’Aamra Bi Kesksou Wa Tmar)

by Claudia Roden

Lamb and Middle Eastern flavours are a well-established match made in heaven. The date stuffing adds a sweetness that elevates the flavour of the lamb, while the couscous makes a refreshing alternative to roast potatoes.

Lamb Raan

Lamb Raan

Meera Sodha’s recipe for Lamb Raan uses a lamb leg marinated in fragrant Indian spices and served whole as a true centrepiece to your roast.

Tender Lamb Shoulder

Jamie Oliver’s Tender Lamb Shoulder

A roast needn’t be an over-complicated endeavour as this easy recipe from Jamie’s 5 Ingredients proves. Using the punchy Moroccan flavours of ras el hanout and preserved lemon, this succulent dish belies how simple it is to prepare.

Cumin Slow-roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Couscous

Cumin Slow-roasted Shoulder of Lamb with Couscous

by Lindsey Bareham

Lamb and cumin are another failsafe flavour duo, and in this recipe the addition of aubergine, potato and raisins results in an easy dish with wonderfully complex flavours.

Baked Lamb with Rosemary with Redcurrant and Mint Sauce

Baked Lamb with Rosemary with Redcurrant and Mint Sauce

If you like to keep your flavours traditionally British when it comes to lamb, you can always rely on a Delia recipe. This glorious baked leg of lamb is served with classic flavours of rosemary and mint.

Lamb Kleftiko

Lamb Kleftiko

Rick’s slow-roasted leg of lamb melts off the bone and is accompanied by the bold and quintessentially Greek flavours of tangy feta and oregano. This dish will revolutionise your Sunday lunch.

For more roast inspiration, check out these show-stopping roast dinner recipes.


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